Timmins' boosters like to call their home the city with a heart of gold, and while its residents may well be noted for their warmth, the tag has more to do with its mining roots.
Timmins was still known as the Porcupine Camp back in 1909 when gold deposits were found in the Dome Mine, and in a pair of other mines in the following years.
Named after the family that bankrolled the first mining efforts, Timmins is now a modern, thriving city in a part of northeastern Ontario that remains largely unspoiled. The region is mainly forest, interspersed with countless lakes.
While Timmins' economy has diversified through the years, there's still gold in the ground and mining remains king.
But Timmins also has a queen these days - Shania Twain. The pulse-raising country singer may now live in upstate New York but her real home and her roots are in Timmins.